Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Apple removes Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

Apple Removes Podcasts Of Man Who Said September 11 Attacks Were Staged Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes
Troy Mann | 06 August, 2018, 17:42

An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.

Jones has been widely criticized for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours.

Apple have removed shows involving Alex Jones from its podcast directory, the most significant blow yet to one of the world's most notorious conspiracy theorists and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended his personal profile from the site for 30 days in late July for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

The theories he has promoted include that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the U.S. government.

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Jones hosts the daily Alex Jones Show podcast which, along with a number of other Infowars shows, can no longer be found in the Apple directory.

As of early Monday, just one of the six Infowars programs once listed by Apple remained, RealNews with David Knight.

Most of Jones's podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple Inc's iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday.

Jones' presence on Facebook is also taking a hit, as the social network has announced the removal of four pages associated with the host ad his shows.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school.

Describing the development as a "chilling precedent for free speech", Watson said that Facebook did not tell the media organization what the offending posts were. "While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said.

He has also claimed that many of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre were actors. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

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